Site Profile: Michigan Health Improvement Alliance

MiHIA Tackles Economic Drivers of Health Through Collective Impact

Since 2007 the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) has been spearheading regional efforts to drive health improvement in central Michigan. Core to its efforts is the saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

MiHIA serves 14 counties central Michigan (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties) and aims to improve community health through addressing the elements of the Quadruple Aim – the patient experience, population health, the cost of care, and provider well-being (through improved culture).

Current Standing: Range of the 14 counties: 7 to 80 out of 83 counties in Michigan.

Leader of the Initiative: Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, a nonprofit targeting improvements in health and health delivery in central Michigan.

Collaborative: Coalition of 80-plus stakeholders employing the collective impact framework.

Potential Financing Mechanism Being Explored: Targeting root causes of poor health outcomes, including those tied to economic growth.

Community Goals: Quadruple Aim – better care, better health, lower costs, and provider well-being (through improved culture).


A Decade of Successes

More than 80 partners across the business, public health, insurance, providers, philanthropy, pharmaceutical, education, advocacy, and nonprofit sectors participate in MiHIA.

Recognizing that no one organization can singlehandedly improve the health and health care delivery system, MiHIA serves as the regional hub for sharing health information and driving regional collaboration. Over the last decade, the group has been on the forefront of health system transformation. MiHIA’s accomplishments include:

  • Establishing the first comprehensive health data dashboard in the central Michigan region.
  • Collaborating with the Institute for Health Improvement to address the Triple Aim of health delivery in the area.
  • Receiving designation as a Chartered Value Exchange by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a health care system where consumers, providers, and payers make decisions based on the value and quality of care.

More recently, MiHIA partners have begun the ambitious goal of improving population health through focusing on the local economy. The mission of the Health and Economic Initiative is to deliver improved health and sustained economic growth in the communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region. MiHIA is collaborating with Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) to lead this initiative. MiHIA’s longstanding commitments to regional health, plus its established network and relationships with leaders throughout the health industry, fit well with GLBRA’s mission of regional economic growth and vitality. The two organizations share many of the same board members, stakeholders, and complementary goals for advancing the region.

“Leaders in our community are working together to create change for healthier lives and economic growth, and I couldn’t be more excited to be leading this initiative, and find it very rewarding to be a part of this purposeful and impactful priority area.”

Driving Health Improvement Through Economic Vitality

This intersection of health and the economy is where MiHIA believes the region’s future vitality will come from. Partners understand the region’s success is linked to a strategic understanding of the economic impact of health, determinants of well-being, and critical system elements including health care delivery, access, technology, innovation, and sector growth.

The first phase of this multiyear initiative is to build a shared purpose among stakeholders for planning, identifying, and prioritizing a portfolio of regional ideas to improve health and deliver economic benefit. This effort will serve as a basis for MiHIA’s Bridging for Health work.